Friday, February 27, 2015

G is for Green Acres (Watercolor Batik)

Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper - 5X7


My husband Tim wants to buy a couple of goats and some chickens.  The chickens don't worry me - it's the goats.

I don't like goats because they have creepy eyes and they are stinky.  I don't like goat milk, goat cheese, or goat meat (not that I've tasted the meat);  just don't like that barnyard bouquet.

Lots of people in and around Portland have chickens.  Chickens are cool, but having a few goats would mean moving out to the country.  Country is cool, as long as it's wine country

Newburg, Oregon - about 25 minutes from my house

 and not Hooterville  (as in Green Acres)  country.

A few months ago, however, we drove out to our friend Jaci's farm, and she introduced me to a three day old goat.  I have to admit my heart just melted.

So, maybe goats aren't that bad.  Just don't tell Tim I said that,  please.


I finally got my new delivery of a fresh roll of rice paper.  Back to a commission.  Hope to see you later in the week.

18 comments:

  1. I really like this goat! Lovely colors and nice for the batik especially.

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  2. Lovely painting, Chris...
    But like you, I don't like goat cheese or goat smell..Just too much!

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  3. Thanks, Martine. Guess we're just city girls at heart.

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  4. I love goats (and goats cheese)!

    This is a lovely painting, kids are so cute and funny.

    The wine countryside looks amazing.

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  5. Years ago I worked in a Sheepskin Company..cutting and sewing sheepskin car seat covers... I never got used to the smell. I imagine goats smell the same way..lol You live in God's Country Chris...
    LOVE this watercolor!!! You work SO well with this rice paper..

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  6. Oh, I would LOVE to have a goat, and your painting is lovely as always... I like homemade goat yogurt, and there is a place here in OH that makes gourmet ice cream with goat cheese and red cherries.... it could change your mind :) Wish I'd had a day to visit when I was in Portland last month, I thought of you when we drove past Multnomah Falls. Thank you for showing it to me first :)

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  7. Oh, I would LOVE to have a goat, and your painting is lovely as always... I like homemade goat yogurt, and there is a place here in OH that makes gourmet ice cream with goat cheese and red cherries.... it could change your mind :) Wish I'd had a day to visit when I was in Portland last month, I thought of you when we drove past Multnomah Falls. Thank you for showing it to me first :)

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  8. Thanks, Rolina. Kids really are funny. The countryside here is beautiful, but I can only imagine how stunning Scotland is. The closest I've gotten is watching Monarch of the Glen...

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  9. Thank you, Hilda. Guess you are a city girl, too. Your neck of the woods sounds beautiful, too.

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  10. Thanks, Kelly. Give me a clothespin for my nose and I 'll try the goat cheese :) And I'm glad you didn't miss Multnomah Falls. I have such nice memories of that trip

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  11. Where did you learn this technique, Chris?

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  12. I learned the watercolor batik technique from Michigan artist Shirl Hathaway (http://shirlhathawaywatercolors.com/). When I lived in Michigan, I took night classes from Shirl in her home studio for quite some time, and then took a Saturday batik workshop from her. She eventually allowed me to do batiks during regular class. Shirl is an awesome teacher.

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  13. I missed a post! I love this little guy and he makes a great portrait too! The winery is beautiful!

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  14. Thanks, Sherry! Wine country is really, really pretty. Hope to paint there this summer.

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  15. I love this little face!!!!
    Oh If you move to wine country let me know, I will come and help you move! :P

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  16. Chris, this is absolutely gorgeous! I love goats and, living in a big city like Montreal, I don't often get to see them. This beautiful painting reminds me of the times I have been able to see them. I love animals. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing talent.

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  17. Thank you, Linda. I grew up in Detroit and never saw a goat until I was an adult. They are everywhere here. They're growing on me - maybe because the babies are so funny.

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